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Animism, Family, and Weaving Healthy Culture

with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe and Dr. Daniel Foor

We human folk are only one impactful family member in the larger terrestrial entanglement. And yet in this time of ecological catastrophe, animist ethics have profound implications for the future of education, policy, and culture.

In this conversation, Bayo and Daniel will explore diverse manifestations of animist values especially as they relate to beneficial cultural change. The inevitably non-linear dialogue will draw on indigenous Yoruba cosmologies, personal attempts to unravel the tendrils of internalized colonialism, and lessons gleaned from prioritizing family and parenting young children. Expect time for some Q&A and a bit of experiential practice.

About the Speakers

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Bayo Akomolafe, PhD

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’. More info at: &

Dr Daniel Foor

Daniel Foor, PhD

Daniel Foor, PhD (Asheville, NC, USA) is a licensed psychotherapist, doctor of psychology, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Since 2005 he has led ancestral healing intensives in eight countries, trained over sixty practitioners, and supported thousands with ancestral reconnection through online teaching and sessions. Daniel is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. He lives with his wife and daughters in Western North Carolina, homeland of Cherokee peoples. Full bio here.